First female cosmonaut Tereshkova dreams about flight on Mars

Mars still remains an unachievable dream for people, first world female astronaut Valentina Tereshkova said at a Friday news conference in Star City, home to Russia's Cosmonaut Training Center.

Mars still remains an unachievable dream for people, first world female astronaut Valentina Tereshkova said at a Friday news conference in Star City, home to Russia's Cosmonaut Training Center.

"Mars is my favorite planet," Tereshkova said.

Tereshkova said that she worked in a group studying the possibility of a flight to Mars after her space mission.

"But we know the human limit. And this remains a dream for us. The first flight will most likely be one way," Tereshkova said. "But I am ready [for the flight]."

She has remembered an incident that occurred during her space flight 30 years ago, which she has kept a secret all these years.

"The emergency occurred during the first 24 hours of the flight and I reported it to mission control," she said. "The descent program had an error which would have sent the spacecraft up into a higher orbit, if I had not fed new data into the computer."

After landing, Sergei Korolyov, the Soviet rocket engineer and designer, "came up to me and said calling me by my code sign, 'Please, let's keep it a secret, my dear Chaika.' I had kept my promise for 30 years," she said.

Tereshkova flew into space aboard the Vostok-6 spacecraft on June 16 1963.

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